As a matter of principle and good governance, the RAINFOREST FUND will grant 80% of the total budget of the project.
Projects will be assessed year by year for at least three years in order to avoid dependency.
Projects are evaluated according to strict criteria and include the following:
- The activities should strengthen the target group,
- The measures taken ought to be planned and implemented primarily by the beneficiaries themselves and based on local knowledge and expertise.
- Emphasis is placed on those activities that relate specifically to the rights of indigenous peoples and ensure that their lives and environment are protected.
- Generally it will support local indigenous communities which show potential to play a key role in advancing the well-being of their community at the local, regional and national level.
The Rainforest Fund will NOT consider requests for:
- Conservation projects
- General operating support of organizations’ structures
- International fundraising appeals or campaigns
- Academic research projects
- Purely data gathering projects or expeditions
- Projects that seek primarily to provide long-term services which are the responsibility of the state
- Production costs for films, video, television, or radio projects
- General operating support for Indigenous organization structures greater than 17%
Application Deadlines and Procedures:
- Deadline for the receipt of proposals is October 31st, and represents the final deadline for consideration of proposals.
- Applications for grants are considered annually by the Board of Directors in mid-December.
- Successful applicants will be notified by January 15th.